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January 12, 2006

A Great Projector...please.

My parents were kind enough (Thank you, Thank you!) to give me and Jonah the gift of a projector for Christmas. I haven't bought one yet and am wondering if you all have any recommendations? Thanks.


Is it for home or for events/presentations?

Posted by: twhid at January 12, 2006 2:14 PM

for home...movies and Oscar Parties :-)

Posted by: Andrea at January 12, 2006 2:26 PM

Right now there are two really good reasonably priced projectors. The Sanyo PLV-Z4 is cheaper and you should be able to find it for about 2,000. The Optoma H79 is slightly more expensive (actually, quite a lot) at 5,000. Both performed pretty well in reviews and personally I would probably opt for the Sanyo since it is cheaper and produces a noticeably sharper picture. On the other hand, the Optoma is better at shadow detail, as in you'll be able to get good blacks without having to up the contrast so much you blow out your whites (you know, like in photoshop). Look them up, just make sure you have a good screen to project them on, or maybe that screen goo you can paint on. Although, I have heard that is a rather difficult process (make it smooth, no lines, etc., blech) and who wants something so permanent anyway? Oh, and make sure you feed both of these machines yummy hi-def signals.

Posted by: thebao at January 13, 2006 12:29 AM

MTAA chose an inFocus projector when we bought one and I haven't had any complaints about it (http://www.infocus.com/). Well I have one, I really want a projector that can give a big image with a small throw. But I don't know if they exist.

I'm no expert but there are consumer-grade projectors on the market that are sub-$1000. You just need to decide how long a throw you want and what sort of resolution and then compare.

Word to the wise, playing Grand Theft Auto or almost any game at wall size generally leads to nausea :-)

good luck

Posted by: twhid at January 13, 2006 11:15 AM

almost forgot.. you need to check lumens as well. I think this is the measure of brightness, I assume bright = better.

Posted by: twhid at January 13, 2006 11:23 AM

Also take note of the contrast ratio. 300:1 sucks. 400:1 is equivalent to most LCD displays. The higher the ratio the more realistic and vibrant the colors will be.

Don't forget your ScreenGoo if you want to project onto a wall.. saves the hassle of having to set up a screen a la the old AV squad days.. paint that turns your wall into a professional quality projection screen


Posted by: Agulator at January 13, 2006 12:17 PM

pocket the money and put it toward a down payment on your house. ;o)

Posted by: etr at January 13, 2006 12:26 PM

The noise! Don't forget the noise they make! As a rule of thumb the cheaper they are the noisier they are, I had one that was very noisy when it got hot, the fan was LOUD!


Posted by: Christopher Copp at January 16, 2006 8:49 AM
Video projects

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